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Vatican — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Government Guns

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the Vatican are reported to have 2001 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Vatican, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 02
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the Vatican, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.02
2014: 0.0
2013: 0.0
2012: 0.0
2011: 0.0
2010: 0.0
2009: 0.0

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the Vatican, annual male homicides by any means total

2015: 03
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

MeasuresGun Regulation

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Vatican, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law4 5

MeasuresInternational Controls

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 20066 by the Vatican.

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list7 the Vatican as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in the Vatican, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University


Short References

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Karp, Aaron.2018.‘Law Enforcement Firearms Holdings, 2017.’ Estimating Global Law Enforcement Firearms Numbers.Geneva:Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva,18 June. (Q13435)Full Citation

2.

UNODC.2017.‘Intentional Homicide Victims.’ Crime and Drugs Data.Vienna:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,19 May. (Q13355)Full Citation

3.

UNODC.2017.‘Intentional Homicide Victims by Sex.’ Crime and Drugs Data.Vienna:UNODC,19 May. (Q13356)Full Citation

4.

Sherman, Amy and Tom Ginsburg.2014.‘Gun Rights in National Constitutions.’ Marco Rubio Says Second Amendment Is Unique in Speech to NRA.Miami, FL:Miami Herald (PolitiFact Florida),29 April. (Q8507)Full Citation

5.

Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg and James Melton. 2013. ‘U.S. Gun Rights Truly Are American Exceptionalism.’ Bloomberg (USA). 7 March. (N422) Full Citation

6.

GDAV.2006.‘Geneva Declaration.’ Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.Geneva:Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development Secretariat,7 June. (Q7162)Full Citation

7.

Wassenaar Arrangement.1996.‘Introduction: Participating States.’ Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.Vienna:Wassenaar Secretariat,12 July. (Q19)Full Citation